Postgraduate Course in Bioanthropology and Archaeology

Education objectives

General skills: This post-graduation will provide the acquisition and/or reinforcement of knowledge in the interface of Bioanthropology and Archaeology. The curriculum provides essential knowledge in the identification and processing of human biological remains (HBR) identified in archaeological excavation contexts, or in various other HBR exhumation contexts. Due to the specificity of the
the theme, and the diversity of topics, this post-graduation seeks to standardize concepts and reinforce their applicability in the field, laboratories, museums, teaching, and also in the archaeological, cemetery, and other contexts. The knowledge acquired may have immediate applicability in a professional context regarding the identification and study of HBR in a laboratory and field context, and the collection of samples for further analysis, identification, curatorship and management of HBR collections, or others, related to museums, chambers, or other institutions; knowledge for the development of research projects based on HBR.
Specific Skills: enable the student to: 1) Identify human and non-human bone elements; 2) Carryout a rigorous assessment of the biological and pathological profiles of HBR; 3) Collect samples for further analysis; 4) Identify the methods and techniques to use in the excavation of HBR; 5) Recognize the diversity of spaces and funeral solutions, rituals, gestures and mortuary practices, and register them.

General characterization

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Access to other programs

Not applicable.


Catarina Maria dos Santos Guerra Tente

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1600 Euros/year


Presencial Pós-Laboral

Teaching language

Portuguese Language

Degree pre-requisites

Total credits: 60 ECTS based in the compulsory curricular units. (1 ECTS - European Credit Transfer System = a 28-hour workload).

Conditions of admittance

Application and access conditions to the cycle of studies reflect the conditions established in the national legislation, namely: - To hold a degree (1st cycle), or legal equivalent; - To hold a foreign academic degree recognized by the Scientific Council (SC) of NOVA FCSH; - To hold an academic, scientific or professional curriculum vitae, recognized by the Scientific Council (SC) of NOVA FCSH. Applicants will be selected and ranked according to the criteria annually defined in the application edict.

Evaluation rules

The evaluation regulation in force at the host institution is adopted. Each course unit describes the assessment methods in detail. 1) Mandatory precedence is not required for attending postgraduate courses. 2) Knowledge assessment is individual and will be carried out at the end of the academic semesters. In the assessment of knowledge, final written and / or oral tests, works or other elements of assessment carried out by students within the different curricular units will be considered under conditions to be defined by the respective teachers. The evaluation result will be expressed on a numerical scale from 0 to 20 values. 3) It is considered approved in a curricular unit the student who obtains the final classification equal or superior to 10 values.


Code Name ECTS
02107795 Human Osteological Anatomy 10.0
02107823 Archaeosciences 10.0
02107801 Archaeothanatology 10.0
02107834 Bioantropology 10.0
02107812 Fieldwork Methodologies 10.0
02107840 Digital Technologies for Heritage Analysis 10.0